Why is there a general perception that people who love make-up, beauty products, staying slim and fit are kinda….well…. DUMB? Why would I be less competent at my job just because I want to look good? Is wearing lipstick and behaving feminine at work mean I can’t perform my tasks well?
A slobby, un-groomed, unfit looking person, who might be less hard-working than me, is perceived smarter. OK by that logic. Tell me this: Would you like to live in a house with no furniture, no curtains and no paint? Do you like to live in your own filth? Well I guess not (hopefully). Similarly, we who take pride in our appearance love ourselves and take ourselves seriously.
I have worked in television journalism for 4 years. Sometimes I have arrived at office, wearing well-coordinated, bright clothes with light make up. This leads to a barrage of questions inquiring whether I have an anchoring audition or I am going for a shoot. So only on air employees have the right to look gorgeous? Are the rest are expected to look homeless? WHAT THE FUDGE?
Why do people nurse such preconceived & distorted perceptions? There is a reason why the beauty industry makes tons of money. People do spend a bomb buying beauty products to put their best foot forward. People do want to know how to lose weight fast. Women and men alike want to have shiny, bouncy hair at any age.
I also feel these highly judgmental people who think make up & beauty enthusiasts are bimbos have a secret desire to be like us. They want to be fabulous, have clear skin, a hot body & turn heads.I MEAN WHO DOESN’T? But they don’t have the time or the necessary self-discipline it takes. So they (& their friends) self sabotage themselves by drawing conclusions which are far away from reality:
‘SO WHAT IF AM FLABBY, AT LEAST I AM SMARTER’
‘SHE ONLY GOT THE JOB BECAUSE SHE IS BEAUTIFUL’
‘SHE LIKES MAKE-UP? THEN SHE MUST BE AN AIR HEAD’ (anyone can look beautiful if they take care of themselves!)
A section of people, like me, celebrate, discuss and write about the art of looking gorgeous. So do so many beauty bloggers, writers and fashionistas. For many, it might be light and fluffy. But for me it’s one of the highest forms of self-love. YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE, TREAT IT THAT WAY!
I don’t know if I am alone in thinking this way. Do you also share similar views? For the men reading this article, are you also discriminated against because of your appearance? Of course, being over the top with your make up and style is not right either in an office setting. But I have never crossed the line. Be free to comment here or on my Facebook page and let’s discuss about this issue. Don’t forget to like, share & subscribe if you like what you read !